MAY (onwards) – 2016
St Davids Community Orchard Project. The Orchard Project aims to provide perpetual living food banks where all local people, regardless of income, can benefit from crops of organically grown fresh fruit. If you would like to get involved in this project, especially if you have any patches of publicly accessible land which can be used, please contact Melanie Maloney on 01436 721848 or e-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org
Most Tuesdays at 1pm – St Davids Oriel y Parc Visitor Centre and Landscape Gallery. Walk in the Park. Open to walkers of all abilities, each session has a short route of under 1 hour and a longer one for those who want to walk a little further. If you would like to take part, contact the walk leader Paul Casson at email@example.com or call 07866 771107
Most Thursdays – 11am. Wild Food Foraging. Discover your inner forager and join Julia on a foraging walk around St Davids Cathedral and local byways, collecting edible wild plants to use in cooking, drinks, natural cosmetics, remedies, dyes etc. £10 per person (children 7+ only) – booking essential 01437 720392
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Saturday 24th – Sunday 26th March 2017. St Davids Oriel y Parc Visitor Centre and Landscape Gallery. Reading the Rocks: The remarkable Maps of William Smith. At Oriel y Parc this autumn, discover the story of William Smith, the man who developed what is regarded as the first true geological map of any country. Smith transformed understanding of rock strata, and discovered that fossils could be used to identify rock sequences. His work had great practical application for locating coal and other raw materials, at a time when the industrial revolution was in full swing.
200 years after his monumental A Delineation of the Strata of England and Wales, with part of Scotland, Smith’s beautifully hand-coloured maps are icons in the world of geology. Two different editions are fully displayed in this exhibition along with unique documents and smaller maps, all depicting the story of Smith’s life and work.
To coincide with Reading the Rocks, Oriel y Parc will also be exhibiting The Colour of the Earth: Art and the Material Landscape. In 2015, as part of a residency at the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol, artist Rodney Harris recreated William Smith’s map of 1815 using geological pigments made from corresponding ground-up rock samples from each area of the UK.
Harris’s map will be on display at Oriel y Parc, alongside work by four artists for whom the material or geological nature of the Pembrokeshire Coast has been a starting point for their practice – Adam Buick, Brendan Stuart Burns, Mike Perry and Graham Sutherland.
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Wednesday 1st to Friday 31st March – St Davids Oriel y Parc Visitor Centre and Landscape Gallery. Discovery Room Windows. Caro Flynn, Ceramics and pottery. Caro is a potter who, as an artist, likes to paint and draw on hand thrown pots using colours and themes that echo the sea, local wildlife and wonderful west coast light. She works in high-fired earthenware using coloured slips with hints of pure metals such as gold and platinum.
Friday 3rd to Friday 31st March – St Davids Oriel y Parc Visitor Centre and Landscape Gallery. Tower and Café Exhibition. Andrew Duke – Photography. Andrew Duke’s exhibition has been produced in a response to the Reading the Rocks: The Remarkable Maps of William Smith exhibition in the main gallery. The work consists of eight large photographs of geological formations of various ages across Pembrokeshire. The images have been tinted using traditional and digital methods to match the coloured maps, helping to differentiate different rock types and encourage a new perspective on the ground beneath our feet.
Saturday 11th to Saturday 8th April – St Davids Oriel y Parc Visitor Centre and Landscape Gallery. Artist in Residence
Lizzie Stonhold – Coastlines. The exhibition demonstrates the importance of valuing both landscape and community. From the unique to the familiar, the dramatic to the mundane, the Coast Lines exhibition illustrates a community’s connection with their surroundings from a personal perspective.
Tuesday 28th – 10am – 3pm. St Davids Oriel y Parc Visitor Centre and Landscape Gallery. Pembrokeshire County Council Dog Microchipping day. Free dog microchipping and advice on offer all day. No booking required.